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MLB: Arrieta throws 2nd career no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds 16-0


MLB: Arrieta throws 2nd career no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds 16-0

CINCINNATI -- Jake Arrieta's first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.

And his catcher suspects that the reigning NL Cy Young winner has a few more of those no-hit moments left in him.

Arrieta overcame early sloppiness and bore down at the end, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout on Thursday night that left everyone amazed except him.

After all, he'd done it before.

"It feels different the second time," said Arrieta, who did his best pitching in the last few innings with the gem in reach. "I was a little more relaxed as the game progressed."

Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield during the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season.

No spectacular plays were needed by Cubs fielders to preserve Arrieta's performance. He threw 119 pitches, retiringEugenio Suarez on a routine flyball to right field to end it.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0. That game came as Arrieta put together one of the best pitching stretches in club history - he's 15-0 in his last 16 regular-season starts.

"What can I say?" manager Joe Maddon said. "Man, it was spectacular."

The Reds hadn't been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.

"We got dominated," Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said. "That's the most dominating game I've ever been a part of. He was great; we weren't.

"Every time he goes out there, he's got no-hit stuff. He's arguably the best pitcher in the game today."

Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old righty is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum andHomer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013, against the Giants.

"I feel like I didn't do a whole lot," said David Ross, who caught his first no-hitter. "That animal was in control the whole time. He locked it in when he needed to.

"He's got the capability of doing that every night out."

At 39, Ross has already announced this will be his final season. Arrieta said it was exciting to let Ross have this thrill.

Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Greg Maddux went 5-0 in 2006. Ken Holtzman is the only other Cubs pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.

Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Arrieta contributed a pair of singles and a walk as the Cubs pulled away.

The 16-run margin approached the most-lopsided victory in major league history. In 1884, Pud Galvin and Buffalo beat the Detroit Wolverines 18-0 in the National League, STATS said.

By Arrieta's standards, it was a bit of a struggle. He walked three batters - he'd allowed only two walks in his first three starts combined - and needed 85 pitches to get through six innings. After that, he dug in and made quick work of the Reds' lineup.

"In the sixth, I knew it was going to be a possibility for me," Arrieta said.

The thousands of Cubs fans in the crowd of 16,497 were on their feet cheering as Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to open the ninth, got pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart on a popup, Zack Cozart on a fly to center and Suarez on an easy fly.

Arrieta and Ross embraced halfway between home plate and the mound as the rest of the Cubs circled around him.

In September 2014, Arrieta lost a no-hit bid against the Reds on Brandon Phillips' one-out double in the eighth at Wrigley Field.

This time, the offense made the outcome a moot point while extending the Cubs' best start since 1970 at 12-4.

Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first off Brandon Finnegan (1-1), and his third career grand slam in the seventh off Drew Hayes made it 13-0. Ben Zobrist and Ross added solo shots, and Anthony Rizzo had a three-run homer.

As the Cubs made it a romp, there was only one question left: How far could Arrieta go? He gave himself a chance by getting through the seventh and eighth innings on only 18 pitches, bearing down against an overmatched lineup.

Finnegan started at Wrigley Field on April 11 and didn't allow a hit until Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. They were ready for the left-hander this time. Dexter Fowler doubled off the wall in center on Finnegan's first pitch of the game, and Bryant's homer made it 2-0.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.